5th April 2018, 14:50 | league_1

Abram on 'that' conversion and Haven's promotion chances

Abram on 'that' conversion and Haven's promotion chances

By Dan Fowler

It has been doing the rounds on social media and it was one of the feel-good videos of the Rugby League's Easter schedule.

Unless you are a Workington Town fan, that is. 

Whitehaven halfback Dan Abram pinged a touchline conversion - following a Chris Taylor try - after the hooter to seal his side's 14-12 victory in the Cumbrian derby against Leon Pryce's Workington.

Abram had put the hosts ahead five minutes prior as he converted Dave Thompson's four-pointer but Jordan Tansey's score moments later gave Town a slight advantage.

But up stepped Taylor, and then Abram again, to send the Recre wild.

"When we scored in the 75th minute and I kicked (the goal), we were up by two points and I thought hopefully we could see the game out and have a good win," the halfback reflected.

"The next minute they (Workington) scored but we had faith.

"I think it was Jason Mossop who said the game's not over, we need to fight and get this ball back - which we did.

"We scored, I looked up and we're drawing.

"In a way, I knew I could kick it because I did it five minutes earlier but at the same time you can't let the pressure get to you.

"You either kick it or you don't, so I took it on the chin, stepped up and kicked it."

The video of the conversion, watched by just under 5,000 people, showed the great scenes in the stands and on the pitch as the ball sailed through the sticks.

When questioned about what was running through his head as the flags were raised, Abram added: "It was all a bit of a blur really.

"I turned around to Macca (Scott McAvoy), I jumped on him because I couldn't believe it.

"I've not had the kicking role on my last few teams so I hadn't done it in a while.

"To look up and kick those two goals was fantastic for me and probably one of my career highlights."

The derby victory was Haven's third in a row in all competitions, a good response from a slow start to the season which saw losses against Oldham and Doncaster.

Abram is confident his side can push on and challenge the top teams in Betfred League 1, as they hope to go one better than last year when they were beaten in the playoff final.

"We had a good pre-season, we worked hard with a small squad," he said.

"We are finding our feet, there's a few things to work on, but I think we're getting there. Hopefully we can kick on.

"We have got Coventry at the weekend and we need to put on a good performance all around and keep building each week.

"With the squad we have got and effort we put in, we definitely deserve to fight for that promotion spot.

"Each team will say the same so we have got to get our heads down, work hard each week and go from there." 

Whitehaven's never-say-die attitude will certainly stand them in good stead.

Their agonising loss to Barrow in last year's playoff final should make them stronger and if Abram, a former Raider himself, can replicate his Good Friday heroics throughout 2018, Forster's troops will solidify their place as one of the front-runners for promotion.